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Making Sense of Screening slideshow

We released a new edition of our guide Making Sense of Screening on 3rd July 2015 to address the unrealistic expectations of what screening can deliver. This slideshow is a condensed version of the new edition and enables scientists, clinicians and medics to explain that screening:

•        rarely benefits all sections of the population.

•        can have negative effects, so it needs to be targeted at those most likely to benefit.

•        can identify some of the people who have a disease but it cannot prevent disease.

•        cannot give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and an ‘all clear’ does not mean you will not go on to develop the disease.

•        screening tests differ from diagnostic tests.

See the full guide and infographics here.  

Author: Sense About Science

Document type: Making Sense Of

Published: 3 July 2015


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